Notre Dame legend Bob Whitmore dies

Published: May. 23, 2020 at 3:23 PM EDT
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Notre Dame men’s basketball legend Bob Whitmore has passed away at the age of 73.

His famous #53 was raised to the rafters inside Purcell Pavilion in

Whitmore played at Notre Dame from 1966-1969.

“We have lost one of our great players, but also a great gentleman,” Glenn and Stacey Murphy Head Men’s Basketball Coach Mike Brey said. “Bob Whitmore laid a foundation for this program that is still being felt to this day. My thoughts and prayers go out to Bob’s family, friends and former teammates.”

The catalyst of a Washington, D.C., pipeline that includes Irish all-time greats Austin Carr, Adrian Dantley, Collis Jones, Sid Catlett and Don Williams, Whitmore finished his career at Notre Dame with 1,508 career points in three full seasons (freshmen were ineligible under NCAA rules at that time), which ranked third all-time at Notre Dame when he graduated. His rebounding prowess was even more notable, as he hauled in 1,043 missed shots to rank second at Notre Dame upon graduation. He is still one of only six players to collect over 1,000 career rebounds at Notre Dame.

Whitmore had been battling pancreatic cancer for nearly two decades.